Man found guilty of exposing himself to teenagers in video chat

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – A Green Bay man accused of exposing himself while video chatting with teenagers has been found guilty of two counts in Outagamie County.

On March 28, Bernard Johnson, 34, did not contest two counts of Cause Child 13-18 to View Sexual Activity. The charges are crimes. As part of a plea deal, a third count was dismissed but read into the docket.

The judgment is scheduled for June 1 at 2 p.m.

Johnson also faces charges in Calumet County and Brown County.

In Calumet County he is charged with causing a 13-18 year old child to witness sexual activity and exposing the genitals/pubic area/private parts to a child. A trial is scheduled for April.

In Brown County, he is charged with 2nd degree assault/mental illness, causing a 13-18 year old child to view sexual activity and exposing a child to harmful material. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in that case.

Last March, the Calumet County Sheriff’s Office was called to report a possible sexual offense in a town in the county. A mother had taken her son’s phone and found a group with the name “Spooks” on Facebook Messenger. She said she found photos and videos of a man masturbating while video chatting with her son and some of his friends.

The son, who was underage, said he and three of his friends and two grown men were in the group. One of the men has been identified as Bernard J. Johnson.

The mother showed a video to the deputy who said it showed Johnson masturbating while the others in the chat watched.

An investigator made contact with a 16-year-old youth from an Outagamie County community who was identified as one of the youths in the video. The victim said he met the men while working at the Green Bay Fear haunted house. The victim confirmed that Johnson would masturbate and show his genitals during a video chat.

Green Bay Fear issued the following statement to Action 2 News:

“We are appalled by these events and hope that the victims will find justice. This individual volunteered, briefly, years before any of these events occurred. With our background check processes, no one with these unpaid fees would be allowed to volunteer or work with Green Bay Fear Haunted Attractions. Our background checks and processes are in place to ensure the safety of our teen volunteers.

In the Brown County case, investigators say the mother of a 16-year-old with dementia and autism found explicit videos and photos on her son’s phone sent to her by a neighbor, now identified as Bernard Johnson.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim told investigators that Johnson also touched him inappropriately in 2020.

In another case in Outagamie County, a jury found Johnson not guilty on a charge of 2nd degree sexual assault of a child.

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